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Jimmie Dale Sullivan passed away December 9, 2022, at Hospice of the Valley in Tempe, Arizona, due to complications from a fall and head injury.

Born December 6, 1933, to William Carl Sullivan and Clara Ellen Wilkins near the southern Illinois town of Temple Hill on the Wilkins’s family farm. Jimmie grew up in Hampton, Illinois, near the Mississippi River with four brothers (two older, Leonard and Charles (Red), and two younger, Donald and Gary).

Jimmie was a proud 1951 graduate of United Township High School in East Moline, Illinois. In 1953, he enlisted in the Navy, going through basic training in San Diego, California, and then serving abroad during the Korean War in Taipei, Taiwan, as a cryptologic technician. During that same time, in 1956 he married Nancy Jo Eckelberry from Port Byron, Illinois, and soon thereafter they began their family. Jimmie was honorably discharged in Washington, DC. Following the war, he was employed for a decade at Deere and Company. Always an entrepreneur and successful businessman, Jimmie left John Deere in 1968 to start a construction company with his older brother Charles. The company located in Colona, Illinois, was named Green River Homes and was known for developing the Level Acres subdivision. After a decade, he sold this company, and started an electrical contracting business, Sullivan Electric. When Jimmie retired, he and Nancy became snowbirds, spending half the year in Geneseo, Illinois and the other half in Casa Grande, Arizona.

Jimmie’s favorite pastime was boating on the Mississippi River. Throughout his life in the summer and fall, he’d be with his family and friends each weekend enjoying a day on the river. His other hobbies included cribbage, golf, motorcycling, and table tennis.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years Nancy Sullivan of Chandler, Arizona, and their three children—Mrs. Teri Wuestenberg of Dixon Iowa; Mr. Douglas Sullivan of East Moline, Illinois; and Dr. Jill Sullivan of Chandler, Arizona. Jimmie also is survived by three much-loved grandsons—Denver Strader (Milan, Illinois), Kurtis Sullivan (Albuquerque, New Mexico), and Bryan Sullivan (Gurnee, Illinois)—as well as three great-grandchildren, Lilia, Mia, and Ryland.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to the Moline Parks and Recreation Department, Memorial Bench/Plaque Program for a Jimmie D. Sullivan bench, near the Mississippi River. Donations in the form of a check (with Jimmie Sullivan Memorial Bench written on the memo line) should be sent to the following address: 3635 4th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265.

Posted online on December 15, 2022

Published in Geneseo Republic